Monday, November 28, 2011

Gambling on the Rams

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and even managed to get a jump on Christmas shopping and decorating so we decided to go to a Rams football game yesterday. One of the advantages of being emptynesters is that we can leave whenever we want - no planning or preparation necessary!

My husband and I love to gamble at the casinos in St. Louis. He loves to win and I just love to see how long I can play on $20-$40 dollars as I am not as lucky or skilled as he. We left early Sunday morning and arrrived at the Casino Queen in East Alton at about 8:30AM. We ate at the breakfast buffet. They have a lovely brunch for $9.99 per person. There is an egg/omelet station with all the trimmings plus a Chinese food station, a dinner station with sliced meats and side dishes, a salad bar, and a dessert bar. It is very, very good! We gambled for about an hour - didn't do very well although the Casino Queen boasted of having the loosest slot machines around.

It was raining when we arrived in St. Louis so we went to the Luminere Casino and gambled a little more just to kill some time until the game. We actually won some money playing slots and video poker.

We didn't have tickets to the football game. We thought we would try buying them on the street just before the game started. Here is where we got really lucky. We were walking across the parking lot and a man stopped us and offered us some free tickets that he couldn't use. We offered to pay him but he refused so we ended up with free tickets and they were just awesome! We were 5 rows up from the field on the 30 yard line. We could see everything!

The Rams play football in the Edward Jones Dome. The best thing about the Edward Jones Dome is that it is inside and you stay dry and toasty warm during the game.

The game was very exciting! Years ago, St. Louis was home to Cardinals who now belong to Arizona. There were many Cardinal fans present at the game which made a nice rivalry. The Rams scored the first touchdown early in the first quarter but eventually lost to the Cardinals 23-20. It was a close game and we were able to watch two extraordinary Cardinal players. We saw Patrick Peterson tie an NFL record and Beanie Wells set a franchise record.

We went back to the Luminere casino and won a little more money, enough for a nice dinner at Applebee's on the way home. It was a fun and relaxing trip - something nice to do on a dark, rainy, gloomy day!

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